By Mick Buick
Twenty years ago buying a used car was a risky venture. Although the salesman or owner of the vehicle could say that there had been no damage to the vehicle, there were no guarantees. Now you are able to get a used car history that shows any major repairs or damage that the car may have suffered.
The car history is a tool that lest a potential purchaser know in a factual way what repairs have been made to a vehicle. The odometer reading is reported to the system each time a repair is made to the vehicle. Thus, you can easily tell if a vehicle has an accurate odometer reading. Additionally, body repairs or damage will be reported so that you automatically know if a vehicle has been in an accident.
Although it is possible to get some car history report free, the price of the more detailed reports is often well worth the thirty to fifty dollars that are spent. One trip to the auto repair shop can often cost much more than the car history report.
After you find the vehicle you are interested in buying, take it for a test drive. Then order your car history report. You may be offered a copy from the dealer; however, you can easily order one for yourself. When reviewing a report be sure that it is no older than a couple of days.
If you are going to order your own copy of a report, you will need the VIN number of the vehicle. That number is found on the dash of the vehicle or on the door located on the drivers side of the vehicle. The car history tells you the number of owners the car has had and how long each owner held the vehicle. Be cautious if you see the word lease or fleet on the report. The car may have been in a motor pool and misused or abused by drivers.
You will also want to look for flood damage. There were many cars that were flooded a few years ago in Hurricane Katrina that were shipped from of Louisiana to be sold to the rest of the states. Car history reports will let you know if the car has had flood damage.
While it is very possible that you will be offered a report by the dealer, it is best to get your own report. It is not unheard of for a used car salesman to present a buyer with a clean car history before the purchase that has been forged. Also it is important that you verify the VIN number on the report with the actual number on the dash of the car.
Also ask for a car history from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. They can check the VIN number for reports of a stolen vehicle that has not been recovered and do not charge for the service.
Buying a used car no longer has to be a shot in the dark. With a car history, you can know if the car you are considering has had major damage or repairs before you buy the vehicle.
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